Vermont Arts Council


As part of the “Building Vermont’s Creative Aging Capacity” initiative, the Vermont Arts Council partners with the Central Vermont Council on Aging to advance creative aging programs throughout the state by building awareness, relationships, and skills amongst teaching artists, area agencies on aging staff, and volunteers services.

Project goals

This project will focus on creating a set of coordinated activities to build relationships across the various networks, a hub for coordinating and sharing resources, and a blueprint through pilot projects of the impact of these intersections.

Professional development and program implementation support

In July 2021, Lifetime Arts will train Vermont-based teaching artists to design and deliver creative aging programs that will support older adult participants in connecting meaningfully and building relationships. Additionally, Lifetime Arts will deliver an informational webinar for area agencies on aging, arts agency staff and volunteer services.


Creative Aging Informational Webinar for Area Agencies on Aging, Arts Agency Staff and Volunteer Services

July 8 from 2pm-3pm ET

In this 1-hour informational webinar, area agencies on aging, arts agency staff and volunteer services will learn about the history and background of the creative aging field, different areas of practice, the cross-sector nature of the work, and the first steps they can take to begin envisioning creative aging opportunities in their state.

Creative Aging Design and Development for Teaching Artists

July 19-21 from 10am-12pm ET

This course, aimed at a 25-person cohort of teaching artists, will introduce the history, supporting research, and exemplary programming happening across this growing field.

In addition to covering the topics included in Creative Aging Foundations (shown above), our teaching artist training will also feature the examination and demonstration of andragogical approaches to the development of skill-based, sequential instructional lessons for older adults. In addition, this course will focus on the importance of embedding intentional social engagement activities into programming and curricula. Participants will explore the subject of ageism and its impact on creative aging programming design and delivery. Teaching artists will be introduced to best practices in both in-person and remote programming.


These training series will be announced by the project partners who will also manage registration.  Registered trainees will be enrolled as users in the Lifetime Arts Portal, where they will access training materials, Zoom links, pre-reading, resources, and trainer bios. For more information, visit Building Vermont’s Creative Aging Capacity.

Project Contacts

  • Troy Hickman, Arts Education Programs Manager, Vermont Arts Council
  • Julie Kline, Education Associate, Lifetime Arts


This activity is made possible by a grant provided by the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies in partnership with Aroha Philanthropies.